It's the little things that you pick up on that you may have missed or weren’t in the TV show. For example, when listening to the book you get a much better feel for how common people's view of current events is skewed by rumors and/or propaganda. The whole book felt like an extended edition/directors cut of the series. If you watched the show and thought that 10 episodes wasn’t enough, this book is for you.
Despite having seen the first season and knowing what was going to happen the book was still a page turner.
I have to admit that at first I was a little put off by the performance. Being someone who does not typically listen to audio books the performance seemed a bit campy at first. Luckily after listening for 2+ hours I almost forgot I was listening to a book, that is to say the performance was so good that it was more like watching a play. Think back to story time as a kid and you’ll get the idea.
No. My overall reaction was intrigue watching the series ruined any surprises which could have caused an extreme reaction.
If you are a fan of the series and have the time this book is worth it.
At first, length seemed like it was going to be too long. Very happy I bought this, as well as the other 4 audible books in the series. Epic is a better word to describe this. So many story lines that intertwine, each one complementing another.
He brings the book to life. He does a good enough job changing voices for many of the characters. The only negative I have against him, is that he will pronounce the same characters name differently from one part of the story to another.(i.e. Caetlyn Stark. He will pronounce her name Cat-lynn one time, and Kate-lynn another). He does this with several of the characters. Besides that, he is one of the best I've listened to. Terrific voice for books.
If possible yes, but too long. Took me about a week, 5 to 6 hours a day while walking.
I want more.
Eddard Stark. A complex man, whose sense of honor is also his biggest flaw.
Indeed, it made me wish for a longer commute!
A Game of Thrones is by far #1. I'm not fond of medieval stories and got this book on recommendation from a friend and was completely sucked in after the first 20 minutes.
That's just it. I didn't have a favorite character. I enjoyed every perspective and every story. I did have plenty of characters that I felt strongly about, but no favorite.
Roy Dotrice is the perfect narrator for this story, but also no favorite comes to mind here. Some of the performances of the female characters made me giggle at first, but I didn't even notice further along.
I generally don't like fantasy and "knights and kings" type stories, but A Game of Thrones completely captivated me from the start. I looked forward to listening to it every day during menial tasks and exercise. I finished the book in 4 days and will probably listen to it again before moving on in the series.
Yes I would listen again. My first audio book and now I am hooked.
The first Bran Chapter
I have resisted purchasing this book or watching the series for no real reason that I can accurately remember at this point. Once I started listening to this story (having never watched any of the series) I was hooked. The narration by Roy Dotrice was fantastic, and very pleasant to listen to. Now on to book 2!
Loved it! The actual show stays very close to the story line.
The whole story was good
I would not say that the time I spent listen to this book was well spent. The performance was excellent, but the story just wasn't everything I heard it was. I didn't like the characters and just couldn't get into the story.
I didn't care what happened to the characters. There were a few that I was curious about their story, but some of them I didn't even love to hate them.
Roy Dotrice is a reader I'm going to keep an eye out for. Listening to him read the story reminded me of how one of my favorite teachers used to read. He puts himself into each character, even the minor ones! He made an uninteresting story bearable.
I won't be reading it again, but I am glad that I found out for myself.
Just goes to show that just because everyone loves a book, doesn't mean YOU will.
I was first a fan of the series on tv. But as the series keeps throwing in all these names of people and places throughout the seven kingdoms gets easy to get lost in some of the many different stories going on. This first book really helped me to understand more clearly who is who and their connection to what. .
The reader, or rather performer is really good. He really gets into all the characters very well without too many of them sounding alike. He also uses just enough drama to keep it a real theatre in the head without going overboard
One question I have about this author.....Does he ever sleep? If you look at this series there's several books and each of them are listed at 30 hours or so. That's a lot of writing, but so far in this first book....It's damn good writing. A bit like Tolkien, but with less of a mystical aspect to it. None the less it's also just a really good story and helps me chew up a lot of highway in my semi....I'm looking foreward to all the rest of the books in the series